Beastie Boys’ Licensed to Ill returns to Billboard’s Top 20, simultaneously making a bunch of dudes my age feel really happy and really old

Beastie Boys' Licensed to Ill returns to Billboard's Top 20, simultaneously making a bunch of dudes my age feel really happy and really old http://www.tinymixtapes.com/sites/default/files/news-12-05-beastie-boys_0.jpg

Okay, so maybe the headline’s a bit of an exaggeration about my age. Maybe I was only three years old when Licensed to Ill came out and was only really convinced that the Beastie Boys were a creative, vital, trend-setting-then-trend-trouncing act as a slick 14-year-old Foo Fighters fan who got bowled over by listening to Hello Nasty in a friend’s bedroom after smoking some… things… but still! I did my retroactive homework like a good JNCO-clad idiot and was soon pissing off my grandpa good and regularly with the “pops and clicks” of the Beasties’ entire catalog. And indeed, everyone I know has been bumping their tunes in the past week with renewed vigor following the sad passing of Adam “MCA” Yauchon May 4. So it’s no real suprise to hear Billboard report that the band’s entire catalog saw a pretty massive surge in sales.

Most significantly, Billboard has reported that their batshit crazy gem of a debut, Licensed to Ill — which originally hit no. 1 on March 7, 1987 and spent seven straight weeks there — re-entered at no. 18, with 19,000 sold (according to Nielsen SoundScan), which is up a monkey-brassing 802% from the previous week. And that’s only counting the week that ended on May 6 (two days after Yauch’s passing). Collectively, the band’s catalog sold 55,000 last week, which is up 1,235% from 4,000 the week previous, with Solid Gold Hits hitting no. 51 (up 806%), Paul’s Boutique hitting no. 56 (up 4,287%), the recent Hot Sauce Committee Part Two hitting no. 107 (up 1,150%), Ill Communication, hitting no. 109 (up 2,799%), Check Your Head hitting no. 124 (up 2,727%), and Beastie Boys Anthology: The Sounds of Science hitting no. 141 (up 3,303%).

In the digital realm, the band sold a combined 151,000 downloads this past week (up from 14,000 the previous week, for a gain of 949%), with the best seller among the bunch being none other than “Brass Monkey,” which hit the Hot 100 at no. 48 with 15,000 downloads. And again, keep in mind that these sales are only measured up to May 6. It’ll probably get a whole lot more nuts when this week’s reports are in at the end of May 13. All in all, that’s pretty awesome, even if it does reflect the totally LAME previous absence of these records in a bunch of slackers’ collections. But whatever, the greater the public awareness of the fact that Monkey tastes “def when you pour it on ice”, the better, right?

• Beastie Boys: http://beastieboys.com
• Capitol: http://www.capitolrecords.com

Bumbershoot announces 2012 lineup, but I just wish it was called Bumbleshoot, because I want to make bee puns.

Bzzzt! Bzzt! Bzzzzzzzt!

I’m buzzing with news about Bumbershoot! First of all, I’m mad that it’s not called Bumbleshoot. I’ve got all these bee puns stinging my insides and I’ve got to let them out somehow. I’m allergic. Other than that, the long-running Seattle festival has announced their 2012 lineup. This year’s festival, which takes place September 1-3 at the Seattle Center, features aaaaaaaaaaaaah:

Jane’s Addiction, Skrillex, Tony Bennett, M. Ward, Mac Miller, Big Sean, King Khan & the Shrines, The Promise Ring, Keane, Blitzen Trapper, M83, Passion Pit, The Vaselines, Low, The Pains of Being Pure at Heart, Ty Segall, Omar Souleyman, The Jayhawks, Why?, and a million other people, oh my god, like so many other people. Go over to their website if you want to stare at that huge list.

Tickets for this hive of music-related stuff are on sale now. 3-day admission will cost you $135 of your sweet, sweet honey, while single-day tickets are $55. $55 of pollen, I guess? Whatever, I’m out of bee puns. Beads.

• Bumbershoot: http://bumbershoot.org

DJ Rashad to release inaugural Lit City album, TEKLIFE Vol. 1, on June 5

Stop your footworkin’ for a fucking minute! Lit City, the new footwork/juke/etc. label founded by DJ Rashad, J-Cush, and DJ Spinn, has just revealed details of its first release. As we mentioned back in February, the album is a 20-track monster called TEKLIFE Vol. 1: Welcome to the Chi by the one and only DJ Rashad. For a producer who makes tracks nearly every day, it’s kinda hard to believe that this release will mark Rashad’s first album since the now-classic Just A Taste Vol. 1 (TMT Review), which made it to #20 on our 2011 year-end list (#1 on mine though!).

Several of the tracks from TEKLIFE Vol. 1 were featured on the We Trippy Mane Mixtape Pt. 1 released early last month. You can also check out more tracks via Rashad and Spinn’s recent Just Jam session here. Hopefully these’ll tide you over until June 5, when Lit City releases the album digitally and on CD. And hey, look out for plenty more from Lit City soon, too, including releases by DJ Spinn, DJ Manny, Traxman, and other producers affiliated with the Ghettoteknitianz crew. And yes, there’ll be some vinyl!

Okay, now resume footworking.

TEKLIFE Vol. 1: Welcome to the Chi tracklist:

01. Feelin’
02. Don’t Drop It
03. iPod
04. Bakk Off
05. We Trippy Mane (with DJ Spinn)
06. Trap Bakk (with DJ Spinn)
07. She Gonna Go
08. Fly Spray
09. Twitter
10. We Leanin’ (with DJ Spinn)
11. Da Life
12. Kush Ain’t Loud
13. Walk For Me
14. CCP
15. Chicago
16. Over Ya Head (with DJ Manny)
17. Well Well Well
18. Welcome to the Chi
19. Shoot Me
20. My Way Home

• DJ Rashad: http://soundcloud.com/djrashadteklife
• DJ Spinn: http://soundcloud.com/dj-spinn-1
• J-Cush: https://twitter.com/#!/jcushteklife
• Lit City: https://twitter.com/#!/LITCITYTRAX

Jason Lescalleet is going on mini-tour in support of his own mini-notoriety

Meanwhile, inside the mind of Nobodaddy…

Man, who the hell is Jason Lescalleet? (I knew this would happen… I f-ing told P and Squeo when I signed up for this wank-off job that that I only wanted to write about Animal Collective and Radiohead, and they said “oh sure, fine, yeah,” but now look what lands in my lap. Bullshit.) Lescalleet, Lescalleet, Lescalleet… see, if you say it a bunch of times, it doesn’t even seem like a real thing. It sounds like “let’s go eat.” Which, now that I think about it, I kind of want to do as soon as possible. I’m starv… hmm. Maybe this is just one of the editors fucking with me. Like maybe it’s one of their dumb, unknown, “I’m not just a critic; I also make art” solo projects that I’m unwittingly publishing tourdates for… no, no, that’s probably not true. This guy’s collab’ed with Graham Lambkin before, and no one here’s that cool. Lescalleet, Lescalleet, Lescalleet… hmm, maybe if I just say his name enough times, he’ll be famous. Then I’ll be famous too, for writing about him! Oh, fuck, wait, probably not. His music is super indecipherable. Damnit, not to mention indescribable. It sounds like… anthropomorphic laser jet printers trying to freak-out their digital pets with imaginary whistles down at the other end of Plato’s cave? Ick. What the fuck is that? Oh God, I might be a hack. Shit, Lescalleet. I’m so hungry right now.

05.08.12 - Toronto, ON - Double Double Land *
05.09.12 - Chicago, IL - The Burlington #
05.10.12 - Lexington, KY - Mecca $
05.11.12 - Cincinnati, OH - Mayday %
05.12.12 - Detroit, MI - The M.U.G. $ (record release party for Dilloway/Lescalleet Grapes and Snakes LP on PAN)

* Maica Mia
# Olivia Block
$ Robert Beatty, Trevor Tremaine, Daryl Cook, and Eric Lanham (Caboladies)
% Mike Shiflet
$ Aaron Dilloway

• Jason Lescalleet: http://home.comcast.net/~glistening/site
• PAN: http://www.pan-act.com

Geoff Barrow announces… not a new Portishead record! Beak> to release sophomore album

More Geoff Barrow news that doesn’t involve Portishead in any way! Hooray!

Following the release of Quakers’ self-titled LP in March, which featured a long list of underground hip-hop collaborators MC’ing over Barrow-provided beats (under his amusing moniker Fuzzface, along with 7-stu-7 and Katalyst), Barrow is making a tonal shift to Krautrock with the sophomore release from his Beak> project. Barrow is joined on the record by his feathered friends Billy Fuller on bass and Matt Williams on keyboard. The name of the album will be aptly titled >> (pronounced “Beak-Beak”? Get ready to see that name at the top of your list whenever you sort by album title from now on, I guess), and will be released June 11 on Barrow’s Invada label.

No song titles have been announced yet, but given the avian-influenced name and the Krautrock genre, let’s take a stab at what some of the tracks might be called:

01. Squawking down the Autobahn
02. Birdz
03. Feathre-Musik
04. Chiken Sausage

What will Barrow take on next, Calypso? Traditional Malian blues music? Inuit songs? Anything but trip-hop and I’m sure fans will be pleased.

• Beak>: http://beakbristol.tumblr.com
• Invada: http://www.invada.co.uk

1,2,3 announce additional spring tourdates while 3,4,5 can’t catch one break

Pittsburgh’s 1,2,3 have already been having quite a busy year and it seems like it will just get busier. To recap: they released their Dreamland Pt. 1 EP and now New Heaven LP, and they’ve already played a shit-ton of shows across this land we call the U.S.A. However, unlike other Pittsburghians, 1,2,3 will not be resting on their laurels and have announced a new set of dates to keep their fans happy throughout the month of May (a.k.a. the month my cat was born). 1,2,3 have also spilled the beans about what they will be doing on July 7: playing the Bunbury Fest with other (not) awesome bands Death Cab for Cutie, Weezer, and Unknown Mortal Orchestra.

1,2,3 also need a new van to keep up this touring and they want YOU to help pay for it. But, this is America, right? So fuck that Commie bullshit because I have a new set of skis to buy and I can barely make ends meet on my six-figure salary already.

Oh, and as always, 3,4,5 will be following 1,2,3 around like a a shy younger brother. But you don’t have to worry about them, they’ll just go away after a while when you’ve had a few drinks and forget how to count.

1,2,3 tourdates:

05.09.12 - Cleveland, OH - Beachland Ballroom
05.10.12 - Detroit, MI - Albert’s on The Alley
05.11.12 - Columbus, OH - The Basement
05.14.12 - Baltimore, MD - Metro Gallery
05.15.12 - Raleigh, NC - Slims
05.16.12 - Atlanta, GA - 529
05.17.12 - Birmingham, AL - Bottletree
07.14.12 - Cincinnati, OH - Bunbury Fest

• 1,2,3: http://www.123land.net
• Frenchkiss: http://www.frenchkissrecords.com

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